A few years back I read a book called Sushi For Beginners by the fabulous Marian Keyes. It’s basically about learning to take risks. I really loved the book and it inspired to me to take the plunge and try sushi for the first time, as Ashling does in the novel.
As it turns out, I discovered that I actually LOVE sushi and would eat it every day if I could. (Not as often as chocolate because that obviously takes precedence, but pretty often I’ll tell you.) I do understand that people may be a bit apprehensive about trying sushi because when you hear that word, all you think about is raw fish, and that would freak any one out (I mean, eeewww, raw fish?!?!?). But it isn’t actually all raw fish, or fish at all for that matter. This is exactly what I told my better half when I dragged him to Yo! Sushi for his first wasabi experience. He was unsure and apprehensive, but he liked it so much that we are going back today – big smiles all round for me!
The great thing about Yo! Sushi is that their menu is designed to guide you through the sushi maze. There’s a section for beginners, a section for the calorie conscious, (thank you sushi god) and the best thing is that all the dishes are colour coordinated so you know exactly how much you are spending. If you are a sushi virgin, why not start out with cucumber maki, which is just cucumber in sushi rice and seaweed (not as gross as it sounds). It’s a great way to ease yourself in gently. You can then move on to prawn nigiri which is a cooked and peeled prawn on sushi rice.
They also have a takeout section so if you don’t have the time to sit in the restaurant, you can enjoy sushi on the go! If you find that sushi just isn’t for you then do not be disheartened. Yo! Sushi also have a made to order section of noodles, soup and rice which is cooked in front of you so you know it’s fresh.
I know it looks wierd, I know it seems daunting. But you just have to brave, avoid the puffer fish, and take it slow. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.